The Republican candidates are asking us to consider if we’re better off now than we were four years ago, and if not we, to blame President Obama.
We Americans think more deeply than that and would want to know why we’re not better off. Therefore, we are likely to wonder if congressional Republicans’ unrelenting obstruction of Mr. Obama’s efforts might not have contributed to the sluggish recovery.
For example, last year Republicans killed Mr. Obama’s proposed American Jobs Act, which analysts estimated would create 1.3 million jobs, and they forced through a debt-ceiling compromise that might cost defense jobs that they now claim was Mr. Obama’s idea alone.
The reality of economic recovery is, as such things are, extremely complex, and Republicans insult us by oversimplifying the issue, as if we’ve paid no attention to anything they’ve done over the last four years.